We definitely need anti-Intellectual Property theft legislation. Just not this legislation.
See where your members of Congress stand on SOPA, and contact them.
Good grief, Netflix.
I admit I was a little shocked when they raised their prices by 60% with no warning a couple of months ago. Who wasn’t? That’s a big price jump. But when I heard their reasoning and evaluated exactly what I’d still be getting for my money, I realized it was still worth it. Managing all those DVDs while securing all those film companies’ licenses has got to be pretty expensive. I resigned myself to continuing to be a supporter and happily paid my first full $16 this September.
Then, this happened. I’m sure most of you have heard the “news” already, but for those who haven’t: in order to allow both sides of their business to “grow and operate independently”, Netflix is splitting into streaming-only Netflix and a separate, DVD-only company, Qwikster. The whole announcement was buried deep in a “We’re sorry, please forgive us” email from Netflix Founder and CEO Reed Hastings, amid numerous claims that this actually fixes everything and let’s all be friends again.
I’m not going to pontificate on September 11 here – I think there was plenty of that over this weekend. Instead, I’m just pointing everyone to two related links I think are poignant and do the day justice.
1. Nancy Gibbs, who wrote the amazing TIME piece just days after the attack, describes how it came together.
2. The New York Times released this series of tapes from air traffic controllers and emergency responders before, during and after the attacks. They’re a very moving inside look at exactly how it all went down.
P.S. Also, if you get a chance, pick up TIME’s special edition for the 10-year anniversary. It’s very good, as always.
I really wanted this to be a great story, about the trials and tribulations of getting good hotel deals online. About the fast-paced, nerve-wracking circus that is online bidding. I wanted to have a great post about trying and failing, or trying and getting the deal of the century – either, or.
It didn’t really turn out like that.
It turns out Priceline is actually way easier to use than you’d think. William Shatner’s only current claim to fame had always intrigued me with its somewhat risky concept, kind of like gambling but without the smell of smoke afterwards (unless my hotel room ends up being a smoking room).
Here are Priceline’s steps to scoring a cheap hotel:
1. Choose a class of hotel (up to 4 stars) and a location within a city.
2. Bid any amount.
3. See if the hotel accepts your bid.
The risky part is that you give them your credit card numbers beforehand, so if a hotel accepts your bid, you’re booked. No matter what. So you don’t ever know for sure if you’re going to get the deal you’re looking for this time around, and you never know exactly what hotel you’re booking. Therein lies the risk. But since you can narrow down your categories to a certain class of hotel and city area, you can still have a pretty good idea of what you’re likely to get.